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Sunday, 26 April 2020 17:17

After unbridled growth, Michigan craft beverage companies gird for devastating lows

Michigan’s craft beverage industry is facing a challenge with the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic that is unlike any other in its history. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 05 January 2020 17:06

Michigan craft beverage M&A to ease in 2020?

While craft beverage industry insiders expect more deals ahead nationally in 2020, the market in Michigan may be poised to level off. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Friday, 09 August 2019 10:30

Nanobrewery planned for Walker

WALKER — The owners of 1983 Brewing Company LLC are one step closer to opening Walker’s second brewery. 


Sunday, 03 February 2019 22:04

Craft brewers leverage cheaper, more efficient production models to get beer to market

Two West Michigan craft brewers operating with vastly differing business models are taking a similar approach to growing their operations by using capacity at other breweries. Both Sawyer-based Greenbush Brewing Co. and Muskegon-based Rake Beer Project LLC are taking advantage of a production model that allows them to get beer into the market without a significant upfront capital investment.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Saturday, 13 October 2018 17:07

Commercial-scale malting facility a ‘game-changer’ for state’s craft beverage supply chain

A group of investors plans to open a commercial-scale malting and grain-processing facility about an hour east of Kalamazoo to serve the region’s growing craft beverage industry.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 27 May 2018 08:44

Brewery equipment suppliers embrace growth, diversification

With the craft brewing industry continuing to grow — albeit slower than just a few years ago — many West Michiganbased equipment suppliers are honing their product niches to get ahead of any future market corrections.

Published in Manufacturing

Sunday, 27 May 2018 08:33

Craft brewers walk regulatory tightrope with cannabis-related products

On the label of a recently released pale ale, New Belgium Brewing Co. proclaims “Hops and hemp reign — together at last.” 

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Saturday, 26 May 2018 15:04

‘Realistic expectations’ urged as craft beer industry matures, competition rises

The meteoric rise of Michigan’s craft brewing industry has spawned the creation of hundreds of new companies in communities all over the state. 

Published in Manufacturing
Saturday, 26 May 2018 14:49

Brewery execs question craft beer’s emerging two-tiered pricing strategy

Stroll through the beer aisle at some West Michigan grocery supercenters and you might notice a bit of gold tucked between the red, white and blue cases of Budweiser and MillerCoors brands. 

Published in Manufacturing

Saturday, 26 May 2018 14:26

Craft brewers continue to eke out growth despite increased volatility

Muskegon’s Pigeon Hill Brewing Co. is embarking on ambitious expansion plans as the company wrestles with how best to compete in the highly volatile industry.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 15 October 2017 20:00

Craft beer pours $2 billion into Michigan economy

GRAND RAPIDS — As the craft beer industry continues to grow, it’s contributing to more economic activity in Michigan, both within the sector and its expanding supply chain. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 17 September 2017 19:00

FINDING AN ENTRANCE: PE searches for craft brewers to buy as M&A activity cools for industry

After a frenzied period of M&A activity for craft breweries, industry insiders and investors expect the pace of deals to moderate in the near future.

Published in Manufacturing

Sunday, 25 June 2017 20:00

Muskegon startup targets craft brewers with can-sealing machine

MUSKEGON — A startup business on the lakeshore is helping craft brewers globally to diversify the mix of packaged products they can sell via their taprooms.

Published in Manufacturing
Saturday, 29 April 2017 06:00

As exports grow, West Michigan craft brewers return to their roots

Michigan craft breweries have only just started to sell their beer in international markets, but many in the industry believe exporting could soon become an important diversification strategy.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Saturday, 29 April 2017 06:00

Beer industry to boost support for hop and barley research

Proposed federal budget cuts have the potential to wipe out key hop and barley research programs that have helped improve the quality of the raw material supply chain for craft brewers.

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Saturday, 29 April 2017 06:00

Suppliers carve out niche with growing set of small craft breweries

Dynamics within the maturing craft beer industry are creating new growth opportunities for suppliers.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Saturday, 29 April 2017 06:00

Alienating consumers? Craft brewers clamp down on inappropriate beer names, labels

Saugatuck Brewing Co. thought it was being edgy in 2011 when it coined the name “Hop on a Blonde” for its new blonde ale.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Saturday, 29 April 2017 06:00

As competition heats up, Michigan craft brewers focus on business practices, taproom sales

Thirsty Michigan craft beer consumers bought the equivalent of around 59,000 more pints of Brewery Vivant’s beer in 2016 than they did the year before.

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Friday, 21 April 2017 09:53

Founders CEO denies reports brewery will repurchase shares to meet trade group’s membership requirements

Contrary to a report in an international brewery trade publication, Founders Brewing Co. has no plans to repurchase some of its shares from its Spanish investors.

Published in Breaking News
Friday, 31 March 2017 13:03

Growth for craft brewing industry shifts to smaller producers

As the four partners developed the business plan for Creston Brewery, they faced a key decision that would define the future direction of their company.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 05 February 2017 16:38

Federal tax changes benefit craft beverage producers

Changes to the federal tax code implemented at the beginning of the year could alleviate burdensome financial and bureaucratic rules for many craft beverage makers. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 12:26

$25 million propels HopCat brand forward

For Mark Sellers, the magic number of sorts is $300.

Published in M&A Award Profiles
Sunday, 07 August 2016 13:18

An industry at a crossroads: Closely-held craft brewers — noted for fierce independence — weigh options for succession

As New Holland Brewing Co. LLC ramps up a major expansion into the Grand Rapids market that’s expected to open next month, President and co-founder Brett Vanderkamp has plenty to keep his mind occupied. 

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 24 July 2016 13:46

Michigan sits out ‘arms race’ to attract national brewery investments

When Deschutes Brewery founder Gary Fish launched a two-year search to locate the Oregon company’s first satellite production facility, one of his top criteria was determining whether the state and local community wanted his business.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 29 May 2016 11:48

ROTATION NATION: Pressured from above and below, larger craft brewers seek out their place in the market

Pioneers of the craft brewing industry face a steep challenge from the growing market they helped establish. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 29 May 2016 11:29

As consolidation continues, craft brewers worry about access to market

If ever there was a sign that the craft beer business has matured, it’s that the money has finally showed up and taken an interest in the industry.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 29 May 2016 11:25

West Michigan’s booming craft beer industry grapples with growth

A year and a half after launching Railtown Brewing Co. in Dutton, Justin Buiter and Gim Lee realized their craft brewery needed to expand well ahead of schedule. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Sunday, 24 April 2016 20:00

Michigan ranks 10th nationally in craft beer production

With its 348 barrels of beer produced last year, Newaygo Brewing Co. accounted for less than 1 percent of all craft beer made in Michigan in 2015.

Published in Breaking News
Wednesday, 06 April 2016 12:07

West Michigan breweries Founders and Bell’s rank among top 20 producers nationwide

Founders Brewing Co. now ranks among the top 20 U.S. breweries by sales volume for 2015, a list that includes both craft brewers and large domestic producers.

Published in Breaking News
Friday, 01 April 2016 11:34

Exports add fuel to growth for American craft breweries

As craft beer exports present consistent growth opportunities for American producers, internationally-distributing companies such as Grand Rapids-based Founders Brewing Co. note that overseas markets are making up an ever-increasing portion of their sales.

Published in Food/Agribusiness

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